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Caltrans brings in second drill for Hwy 236 project
Caltrans is hauling in a second drill Tuesday, June 30 to help speed up the progress on rebuilding Highway 236 at Acorn Drive. The area, about two miles up from downtown, has been closed to traffic since March storms undermined the road. This holiday weekend, Caltrans hopes to help area businesses and parks out by reopening one lane to motorists. “We’re committed to get this road open,” said Barry Dunlap, Caltrans project manager. “The two drills will help us get this done as quickly as possible, rather than extend the closure date.” The northbound lane was damaged three months ago in heavy rain. Both directions of traffic had been using the southbound lane with the help of a signal light until Caltrans closed the road June 22 to begin emergency repairs. While the southbound lane will reopen to two-way traffic July 15, the $750,000 project will wrap up before school starts in August, he said. Construction crews are working 12-hour days Monday through Saturday to expedite the reopening of the road. They’ll take this weekend off, though, Dunlap said. “It’s a beneficial thing for the park and the golf course,” he said. This Saturday and Sunday, Caltrans plans to temporarily open the southbound lane to two-way traffic to avoid impeding Fourth of July business at the Boulder Creek Country Club and Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Dunlap said. Also during the holiday weekend, a security firm will be stationed 24-hours each day, starting Friday night, to protect the site from vandals and thieves, he added. So far, every night since the project began, someone has been taking cones, caution tape and other easily movable barricades that block access to the 80-foot-deep hole that was once Highway 236’s northbound lane and throwing them into the hole, Dunlap said.
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